I am a German gastrointestinal surgeon doing research on inflammatory bowel disease in the US. I am here to answer any questions about medicine, surgery, medical research and training, IBD and my experience living in the US including Impeachments,...
Hey everyone, I am a 30 year old German gastrointestinal surgeon currently working in the United States. I am a surgical resident at a German Hospital, with roughly 18 months experience, including a year of Intensive Care. I started doing research on inflammatory bowel disease at a US university hospital in 2019. While still employed in Germany, my surgical training is currently paused, so that I can focus on my research. This summer I will return to working as a surgical resident and finish my training and become a GI surgeon. The plan is to continue working in academia, because I love clinical work, research and teaching! I was a first generation college student and heavily involved in student government and associations - so feel free to also ask anything related to Medical School, education and training!
I have witnessed the past two years from two very different standpoints, one being a temporary resident of the US and the other being a German citizen. Witnessing a Trump presidency & impeachment, BLM, Kobe Bryant, RBG, a General Election, a Biden-Harris presidency, police violence, the COVID-19 pandemic, the assault on the US Capitol on January 6th, and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been quite a journey.
Obviously I am happy to try and answer any medical question, but full disclosure: none of my answers can be used or interpreted as official medical advice! If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 (and get off Reddit!), and if you are looking for medical counsel, please go see your trusted doctor! Thanks!! With that out of the way, AMA!
Alright, r/IAmA, let's do this!
Edit: hoooooly smokes, you guys are incredible and I am overwhelmed how well this has been received. Please know that I am excited to read every one of your comments, and I will try as hard as I can to address as many questions as possible. It is important to me to take time that every questions deservers, so hopefully you can understand it might take some more time now to get to your question. Thanks again, this is a great experience!!
Edit 2: Ok, r/IAmA, this is going far beyond my expectations. I will take care of my mice and eat something, but I will be back! Keep the questions coming!
Edit 3: I’m still alive, sorry, I’ll be home soon and then ready for round two. These comments, questions and the knowledge and experience shared in here is absolutely amazing!
Edit 4: alright, I’ll answer more questions now and throughout the rest of the night. I’ll try and answer as much as I can. Thank you everyone for the incredible response. I will continue to work through comments tomorrow and over the weekend, please be patient with me! Thanks again everyone!